The Washington Post’s Ann Telnaes on political cartooning in the digital age

July 2, 2016 in General


Ann Telnaes

The renowned editorial cartoonist opens her Columbia Journalism Review article with a selection of the brutally visceral responses she received, via social media, following the publication of one cartoon in particular. (Please see below.)



The cartoon that triggered the abuse © Ann Telnaes

The vitriolic tsunami suffered by Ann Telnaes post Cruz cartoon is just one example of how the landscape has changed for cartoonists.

As the thin skinned and short fused fuel and feed off social and 24 hour news media in equal measure, the internet has proven to be the perfect medium for these people to vent their spleens instantaneously and, more often than not, anonymously. Then there are those, like the Charlie Hebdo murderers, who go beyond words to express their hatred…

Ann’s piece is as elegantly crafted and astute as her editorial cartoons.


Ann Telnaes at work

Warning: the article linked below contains violent, mysogynistic messages and extremely strong language from the start.

The article, a must read, can be seen here on the Columbia Journalism Review website.




1 response to The Washington Post’s Ann Telnaes on political cartooning in the digital age

  1. Some years ago, a vengeful mob of people went after a pediatrician – in Bristol, I think – because they didn’t know the difference between “pediatrician” and “pedophile”.This is the sort of person Ann Telnaes and other cartoonists offend. They do not look at cartoons and “consider”. Their knees immediately jerk and they rush to social media where they know they can say offensive and obscene things anonymously. I suppose the key here is “anonymously”. If its anonymous, ignore it. Its probably been posted by a coward who doesn’t know the difference between “electrician” and “electorate”

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